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Participating in a masterclass is such a treasured experience that every aspiring musician should seek one out. However, don’t overlook the value in observing a masterclass as well. With so much educational content moving to online delivery, it’s not surprising that the classical music masterclass experience is available online now as well.

 

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The good news is that learning to play the violin - or any string instrument - has lifelong benefits. However, if your child dreads practice time, or develops a negative association with practicing the violin, it can crush the spark of musical inspiration before it is time to begin.

 

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Is your bowing arm tired, shaky, sore, tensed, not doing what it's supposed to? It could be that your bowing arm needs a break. Overuse injuries are nothing to scoff at. At best, they are uncomfortable and make practicing or playing regularly impossible. At worst, they lead to invasive surgical treatments or permanent damage.

 

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As a beginning and intermediate string musician, you've spent the majority of your time looking at a single part of music - yours! Meanwhile, the conductor (or your instructor) and the pianist had a full score - meaning all of the written parts of the whole on a single page.

 

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Ever since the “Mozart Effect” boom from the 1990s, people have connected listening to classical music with increased intelligence. Whether the findings of the original Mozart Effect study hold are a matter of considerable debate. What’s undeniable is that this one study sparked countless more studies intended to understand the interaction between music and the human brain. 

 

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Knowing the notes and playing them accurately, and in tune, is one thing. However, the quality of your tone has a marked effect on how a piece sounds and feels to the audience. If your tone is flat or lacks the rich, resonance double basses are known for, it will directly affect your inspiration and joy of playing, not to mention your performances.

 

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Beginning violinists don't have the best reputation when it comes to sound quality. The reality is that except for the very rare virtuoso, all string musicians must start somewhere - and that somewhere often involves driving family members absolutely crazy as they go from eager beginner (shriek! twang! screech!) to confident player (rich! warm! smooth!).

 

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Selecting the right music program for a  class or a recital is always a challenge. You want to present something that balances the students’ skill level with an audience favorites, without being too redundant. And don’t forget about creating the program around a theme!  Frankly, you’ve got a lot going on.

 

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We’re such fans of the role apps can play in enhancing your skills, that we’ve already shared lists of the best apps for learning to play the violin here and here. We’ve found even more apps to help you learn to play, including some that venture into some new territory.

 

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Even for an experienced musician, the idea of writing your very own music may seem like a pipe dream. In truth, musical composition requires a different set of skills than playing an instrument. Composers are often well-versed in one or more instruments, but some rely upon steadfast musical rules and concepts to write music for other musicians. Fortunately, there are many great tools to help you get started with composition no matter where you are in your musical journey.

 

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7 Sources for Top Online Master Classes To Take This Summer

7 Sources for Top Online Master Classes To Take This Summer

Participating in a masterclass is such a treasured experience that every aspiring musician should seek one out. However, don’t overlook the value in observing a masterclass as well. With so much educational content moving to online delivery, it’s not surprising that the classical music masterclass experience is available online now as well.

 

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How Can I Encourage My Child To Practice The Violin?

How Can I Encourage My Child To Practice The Violin?

The good news is that learning to play the violin - or any string instrument - has lifelong benefits. However, if your child dreads practice time, or develops a negative association with practicing the violin, it can crush the spark of musical inspiration before it is time to begin.

 

Read More

Give Your Bowing Arm A Break

Give Your Bowing Arm A Break

Is your bowing arm tired, shaky, sore, tensed, not doing what it's supposed to? It could be that your bowing arm needs a break. Overuse injuries are nothing to scoff at. At best, they are uncomfortable and make practicing or playing regularly impossible. At worst, they lead to invasive surgical treatments or permanent damage.

 

Read More

How To Conquer Playing A Symphonic Score

How To Conquer Playing A Symphonic Score

As a beginning and intermediate string musician, you've spent the majority of your time looking at a single part of music - yours! Meanwhile, the conductor (or your instructor) and the pianist had a full score - meaning all of the written parts of the whole on a single page.

 

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Which Genres Of Music Improve Your Memory

Which Genres Of Music Improve Your Memory

Ever since the “Mozart Effect” boom from the 1990s, people have connected listening to classical music with increased intelligence. Whether the findings of the original Mozart Effect study hold are a matter of considerable debate. What’s undeniable is that this one study sparked countless more studies intended to understand the interaction between music and the human brain. 

 

Read More

5 Ways To Improve The Tone of Your String Bass

5 Ways To Improve The Tone of Your String Bass

Knowing the notes and playing them accurately, and in tune, is one thing. However, the quality of your tone has a marked effect on how a piece sounds and feels to the audience. If your tone is flat or lacks the rich, resonance double basses are known for, it will directly affect your inspiration and joy of playing, not to mention your performances.

 

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How To Practice At Home Without Making Your Family Crazy

How To Practice At Home Without Making Your Family Crazy

Beginning violinists don't have the best reputation when it comes to sound quality. The reality is that except for the very rare virtuoso, all string musicians must start somewhere - and that somewhere often involves driving family members absolutely crazy as they go from eager beginner (shriek! twang! screech!) to confident player (rich! warm! smooth!).

 

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Understanding Public Domain And Where To Find Public Domain Music

Understanding Public Domain And Where To Find Public Domain Music

Selecting the right music program for a  class or a recital is always a challenge. You want to present something that balances the students’ skill level with an audience favorites, without being too redundant. And don’t forget about creating the program around a theme!  Frankly, you’ve got a lot going on.

 

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Best Apps For Learning To Play The Violin – Update

Best Apps For Learning To Play The Violin – Update

We’re such fans of the role apps can play in enhancing your skills, that we’ve already shared lists of the best apps for learning to play the violin here and here. We’ve found even more apps to help you learn to play, including some that venture into some new territory.

 

Read More

Music Composition For Beginners

Music Composition For Beginners

Even for an experienced musician, the idea of writing your very own music may seem like a pipe dream. In truth, musical composition requires a different set of skills than playing an instrument. Composers are often well-versed in one or more instruments, but some rely upon steadfast musical rules and concepts to write music for other musicians. Fortunately, there are many great tools to help you get started with composition no matter where you are in your musical journey.

 

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